January 15, 2021

First Book promotes diversity with author talks and book donations

Author: Liza Frenette
Source:  NYSUT Communications
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As part of the National Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, First Book Inc. is hosting two free, live virtual events celebrating diversity and the importance of getting books to children in need.

The author events will feature live readings, Q&A sessions and discussions about the importance of getting books to children that feature diverse characters, cultures and stories.

From 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., the featured author is Andrea Davis Pinkney. She is a New York Times bestselling author and Coretta Scott King award-winning author. Andrea has written a multitude of wonderful children’s books, including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra, Pretty Brown Face, Dear Benjamin Banneker, and A Poem for Peter.

From 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., there will be a talk with Hena Khan, an award-winning author of middle grade novels Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, and More to the Story. She has also written the picture books Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George, among others.

To sign up for and participate in these virtual events, click here.

First Book, a non-profit group that partners with the American Federation of Teachers, is also collecting contact information to provide free and low-cost books to educators serving children in need. Through this National Day of Service initiative, First Book will provide up to 46,000 books from the Stories for All Project™ in honor of the 46th President’s Inauguration Day. To nominate a program or educator in your area, click here. Each form completed means one book will be distributed.

Connect with a virtual #DayofService on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Save the Date!

Thursday, Feb. 4. is the tentative date for the next installment of NYSUT and AFT's "Many Threads, One Voice" series of virtual town halls exploring racial justice, diversity and equity issues. Details to come!

Learn more about the series here.